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HOOGE, Romain de, Les Indes Orientales et Occidentales, et autres lieux; representées en très belles figures, Liede: Michallet, 1680,
This book is a series of 46 prints of maps and scenes for different countries with each engraving covering a double page spread and featuring a legend in Dutch and French. The scanned copy of the book has numbers in pencil of the top right hand corner of each print.
Print 1 is a map of the world; print 3 is the map of Indes Orientales which includes India; print 8 is a scene of the Grand Mogol and diamond mines; print 9, precious stones; print 10, wild animlas including tigers and elephants; print 11, a siege with the Roi de Golconde; print 13, trees and religous artifacts; prints 14 and 16, plants and trees of the Indes Orientales; print 17, vessel construction; prints 18 and 20, birds and trees; print 28, musical instruments; print 31, the court of the Grand Mogol; print 33, wedding ceremonies; print 38, commerce in Indes Orientales.
PARIS. Seminaire des Missions Etrangères. Relation des missions et des voyages des Evesques. Vicaires Apostoliques, et de leurs ecclésiastiques és annèes 1672-1675. Paris: Charles Angot, 1680, 406pp.
This is listed in the BL main catalogue. It seem to be Volume 1 of 2 books, with the second volume being the same title for years 1676 and 1677.
There is one chapter, XVI, 84-90p, entitled “Arrivée de M. Chevreüil Missionaire François à Surate etc” which refers to India. This does refer to the 1661 overland voyage of M. d’Heliopolis, see ref 23 above. There are references to Goa, Surate, Bantam, Cochin. The following chapter XVII, 90p, is on Bantam; chapter XVIII, 94p, Balaçor in Bengale; chapter XIX, 98-104p, “Projet d’un Seminaire de Bracmanes dans le Bengale”. This is the end of part 1 of the book. Further chapters of note include in 1674, “M. de Foissy de Chamesson…est fait prisonnier à Masulipatan’, 192p and “On transporte M. de Chamesson de Masulipatan à Golconde”, 198p, with subsequent chapters about being in prison in Golconde until his death, 212p. Further on in the book, 309p, there is discussion of a M Sevin’s group dividing into 2 bands to travel from Bassora to Surate separately. One group seems to have gone via Daman.
CHINA. Divers voyages de la Chine et autres royaumes de l’Orient. Avec le retour de’autheur en Europe, par le Perse & l’Armenie. [By A. de Rhodes]. Paris: Christophe Journel, 1681, 350pp.
This book describes a voyage leaving Rome in October 1618 to China, via Lisbon and arriving in Goa in October 1619, 18p. After 3 months in Goa the writer became ill and was sent to Salsette to recover, 23p, for 3 months. He spent 2.5 years in Goa before leaving for China, in April 1622, via Cochin, 28p, and then Ceylan, 32p, and passed by Meliapor and la coste de Coromandel, 34p, on his way to Malaque, 35p, where he stayed for 9 months before continuing to China, where he spent many years. The return from China, in December 1645, is described in the troisieme partie, 263p, of the book and went via Malaque and was then imprisoned by the Dutch in Jaquetra in 1646. When he was realeased he was taken aboard an English ship and reached Surate, 308p, where he spent 4 months before leaving for Perse, 312p, and Armenia and eventually arriving back in Rome in June 1649.
DUMAY, Louis. Le Prudent voyageur, contenant la description politique de tous les etats du monde, de l’Asie, de l’Afrique, & de l’Amerique, & particulierement de l’Europe. Ou sont methodiquement, & exactement depeintes toutes les maisons royales, & autres familles illustres, de France, d’Allemagne, d’Espagne, d’Italie. 3 volumes Geneve: Jean Herman Widerhold, 1681, 2078pp.
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Premiere Partie, 877pp. The discourse on Asie is from 34-46p, with the section on Inde on 36-40p. There are references to gem stones, Malabar and its 5 or 6 Royaumes including Calecut, as well as Narsingue, Bisnagar, Cap de Camorin, Goa. There are further references in Indes which is used in general terms.
Part 2 relates to Germany, 770pp. Inde is not mentioned and Indes Orientales is references twice. No places in Inde are mentioned.
Part 3 relates to Spain and also to Portugal, 431pp. Indes Orientales is used multiple times and Goa once relating to the Archeveque de Goa, 226p. There are no specific mentions of Inde or other places in Inde.
GAYA, Louis de, Ceremonies nuptiales de toutes les nations, Paris: Michallet, 1681, 80 pp.
The book is divided into 3 livres. Livre 1 seems to be christian ceremonies; Livre 2, Mahometans ceremonies; and Livre 3, (p. 52), des peuples idolatres & payens, which contains the ceremonies on les Indiens. These include those of Bisnagar (p. 53), Canara, Malabar (p. 54), Conchin (p. 56), Bengala (p. 57), Chine , Japon, Canarins of Isle de Goa (p. 63) and then the Americas and Australe.
SANSON, Nicolas. Introduction à la geographie. 2 pt. Paris: Chez l’Auteur, 1681, 335pp.
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The book has continous page numbering across the 2 parts, hence Part 1 is 1-132p and Part 2 is 133-292p. Part 1 is a discourse on the science of geography and has few references to Inde or places in Inde – Surate and Goa are mentioned once on 128p. Livre 1 in Part 2 is about astronomical geography with livre 2 being La Geographie Naturelle, 239p. References to Inde and places in Inde can be found from 211p onwards. On 223p there is discussion about the capital of the Grand Mogol now being Delli and Agra before. On 251p is the start of a section on the subdivisions of Asia which includes the Mogol empire. Later there are mentions of religion and languages in Inde.
STRUYS, Jan. Les voyages de Jean Struys, en Moscovie, en Tartarie, en perse, aux Indes, & en plusieurs autres pays étrangers; accompagnés de remarques particuliérses sur la qualité, la religion, le gouvernement, les coutumes & le négoce des lieux qu’il a vus; avec quantité de figures en taille douce dessinées par lui-même; & deux lettres qui traintent à fond des malheurs d’Astracan. A quoi l’on a ajouté comme une chose digne d’être suë, la relation d’un naufrage; dont les suites ont produit des effets extraordinaires. Par Monsieur Glanus. Amsterdam: Veuve de Jacob van Meurs, 1681, 532pp.
The first voyage went to Siam via Madagascar. They then visited Formosa, Japan, back to Siam and then returned to Holland. There was no visit to India.
The second voyage was to the eastern Mediterranean and Turkey.
The third voyage was to la Moscovie, Astracan, Scamachi, Schiras, Gomron in the Persian Gulf and then by ship to Batavia going round le cap de Comorin but not stopping in Inde. The route back via the Cape if Good Hope, did not stop at Inde.
The final section of the book (after 438p) has new page numbering (1-80p) and is on the shipwreck of the Schelling near the coast of Bengal. The surviving crew eventually landed, it is not clear where, but it seems to have been forested without many humans. The crew had many misadventures and eventually reached Rengumati. It is not clear where this is , however they eventually spent 15 months in the Grand Mogol’s army and spent some time in Assam.
BOUHOURS, Dominque. La Vie de Saint François Xavier, de la Compagnie de Jésus, apostre des Indes, et du Japon. Paris: S. Mabre-Cramoisy, 1682, 662pp.
This book is separated into 6 livres with continuous page numbering.
Livre I, 1-54p, is the introduction to St Xavier life and his travels to Lisbonne.
Livre II, 55-123p, is the voyage from Lisbonne leaving on 7/4/1541, via Mozambique, and arriving at Goa, 69p, on 6/5/1542. He stayed in Goa until October 1542 when he left to go via Cap de Courmorin, Paravas and la Coste de Pecherie, 84p, and then retured to Goa after a year. He returned to la Coste de Pecherie, 110p, and Bisnagar, staying at Travancor.
Livre III, 124-214p, he planned to go to Cambaye and returned to Cochin by the coast, arriving there on 16/12/1544, 133p. He travelled to Cambaye, Jasanpatan, Macazar, Meliapor. He then travelled to Malaca, 163p, and Moloques and Amboyne and then returned to Malaca in 1547.
Livre IV, 215-333p, is mainly about Malaca, however St Xavier leaves again for Goa and Cochin, 266p. On 25 April 1547 he left for Japon, 319p, from Cochin and went via Malaca.
Livre V, 334-477p, is about Japon. He seems to have fled from Japon and arrived in Macao in February 1551, 370p, before returning to Amanguchi and Bungo. He left Japon in November 1551 and returned to Cochin arriving 24 Jan 1552, 462p, and then going onto Goa.
Livre VI, 478-634p, he stayed in Goa and left in April 1552 for Malaca and then planned to go to Chine. However he died on 3 December 1552, aged 46 years, 534p, on Shangchuan Island. His body was eventually transported back to Goa via Malaca.
RELATIONS, Relations de divers voyages curieux: qui n’ont point esté publiées ou qui ont esté traduites d’Hacluyt, de Purchas et d’autres voyageurs anglois, hollandois, portugais, allemands, espagnols, et de quelques persans, arabes, & autres auteurs orientaux. Enriches de figures de plantes non décrites, d’animaux inconnus à l’Europe & de cartes geographiques de pays dont on n’a point encore donné de cartes. Troisiesme et quatriesme partie, Paris: André Pralard, 1683, 492 pp.
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This volume contains parts 3 and 4 of the 4 parts of this compilation.
Part 3: the first chapters concern the Dutch ambassadors to China and specifically to Pekin. One chapter describes the route to Pekin. However all the places described are in China. There is a chapter on the geography of China and its 15 provinces (up to p. 216). The following chapter is a report by the directors of the Dutch East Indies Company which includes Coromandel (p. 222), Bengale, Oriza, Cochin (p. 223), Surate (p. 224).
Part 4: this starts on p. 229. Early chapters concern South America, including the river Plate and Perou. There are later chapters about a voyage to China in Italian and Latin, followed by Voyage de P Greuber in which he discusses a French merchant called Tavernier, who travelled throughout India (p. 130). Later there are chapters on Ethopia, Abyssins, les sources du Nil, Sayd and Mexico.
THEVENOT, Jean de, Voyages de Mr. de Thévenot, contenant la relation de l’Hindostan, des nouveaux Mogols et des autres peuples au pays des Indes, Paris: Biestkins, 1684, 338 pp.
The full name of the publisher is veuve Biestkins.
DELLON, Charles, Relation d’un voyage aux Indes orientales. 2 tomes Paris: Claude Barbin, 1685, 548pp.
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Tome 1, 303pp, describes M Dellon’s voyage to Inde in more detail than the 1688 book reference (see below) by M Dellon. He left Le Havre on 20 March 1668 and travelled by ship Madagascar. The ship left Madagascar on 12 August 1669 and arrived off the coast of Surate at the end of September, 74p. Chap XIV, 78p, and following chapters are about Surate, as well as the different religions of Inde, funerary practices and temples. They left Surate on 6 Janvier 1670 for Malabar, 121p. There is discussion of the Malabar coast including Cananor and Calicut, as well as the fruit, spices, animals and the people etc. They left Baliepatan, 257p, for Tilcery, which is described including various “troubles”,which they left on 16 Juin 1671, 276p. Premier Tome finishes on 284p.
Tome 2, 245pp, commences with a discussion on Calicut, Tanor, Baliepatan, Tilcery, Mangalor and Goa, 42p. There is a description of Goa which they left on 65p for Surate, 71p and then Ormue and Gameron, which they left on 10 Decembre 1672 and returned to Surate. The author spent some time in prison in Daman and Trapor and left Daman on 1 Janvier 1674, 114p. He stayed at Bacaim and then Goa, which he left on a Portuguese ship bound for Lisbonne, via Bresil, on 27 Janvier 1676. He left Lisbonne on 22 Juillet 1677 and arrived back in France on 18 Aout 1677. The following section describes the maladies, and their remedies, of the Orient and Inde.
CHARDIN, Jean, Journal du voyage du chevalier Chardin en Perse et aux Indes Orientales, par la Mer Noire et par la Colchide. 1re partie, qui contient le voyage de Paris à Ispahan, Londres: Pitt, 1686, 349 pp.
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This 1686 edition of this work carries multiple places of publication, including Amsterdam, London and Paris.
L’ouvrage a été édité à plusieurs endroits la même année (Amsterdam, Londres, Paris).
M., B., Ambassades de la compagnie Hollandoise des Indes d’Orient, vers l’empereur du Japon. Avec une description du pays, 2 vol. Leyde: Drummond, 1686, 987 pp.
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The author of Tome 1 (465 pp) is Arnoldus Montanus. There is also an edtion from 1696 listed in the British Library main catalogue. This book is a travelogue of Japan, Macao and parts of China. Goa is mentioned twice (p. 261 and p. 264), Surate twice, (p. 234 and p. 143). There is also mention of Coromandel. No other places in Inde are mentioned.
Tome 2 (522 pp.) does not mention Inde. There is one reference to Surate (p. 4). No other places in Inde are mentioned.
DELLON, Charles, Relation de l’inquisition de Goa, Paris: Daniel Horthemels, 1688, 488pp.
The first chapters of the book are about the arrest of the author in Daman. Subsequent chapters discuss how he got to Inde via le Cap de Bonne Esperance, Isle de Bourbon, Mozambique, Isle de Socotora and Surate, 53p. The following chapters discuss Surate, Goa, Malabar, Calicut, Cochin, Cap de Comorin. Chapter IX, 86p, starts discussing the inquisition and the causes of his detention in Daman in August 1673 and a description of the prison. He was transferred to Goa in January 1674 and gives a description of the inquisition, ChapXV, 131p. The following chapters describe the various audiences of the inquisition and his penitences. Chapter XL,343p, describes leaving Goa for Lisbonnel in January 1676 via Bresil. In Lisbonne he requested, from the inquisition, his release, which was agreed in June 1677, and he then voyaged back to France.
GERVAISE, Nicolas, Histoire naturelle et politique du royaume de Siam, Paris: Barbin, 1688, 347 pp.
This book centres on Siam. However, there are some references to places in Inde, particularly to do with trade on the Coromandel coast. It includes mention of Madras (p. 71), Meliapour and the death of St Thomas (p. 234), and religion and Brames (p. 177). Mogol and les Empereurs du Mogol are mentioned (pp. 104, 284, 307 and 313), as well as the Roy de Golgonde (p. 321). No other places in Inde are mentioned and otherwise Inde and Indes are used in a general regional sense.
RENNEFORT, Urbain Souchu de, Histoire des Indes orientales, Paris: A Seneuze; D Hortemels, 1688, 420pp.
Zentralbibliothek Zürich Leide: Harring, 1688, 571pp.
This book is divided into 2 parts.
Part 1 includes the first voyage which commenced in March 1665 from Brest and went via the Cape of Good Hope to Madagascar and Fort Dauphin. There is no further travel from there and M Rennefort returned to France in 1667 via Londres.
Part 2 (189p). This voyage seems to have left France to go to Brazil. After Brazil the ships went across the Atlantic to Madagascar and Fort Dauphin. There is a voyage from Madagascar for Surate on 27 October 1667 (242p) and Cochim which returned to Madagascar. Another Sieur also voyaged from Madagascar to Ceylon (250p) and then to India via cap de Comorin (255p) arriving at Cochin and then Calicut. There are descriptions of the towns. as well as Goa. They then voyaged to Surate. There is a chapter on commerce in the Indes (294p) and gaining permission du Grand Mogol, Roys de Visiapour, de Golconde, & des Princes de Bengale. The following chapters discuss Surate, the Malabar coast finally leaving Inde for Madagascar (363p).
PONTIER, Gédéon, Le Cabinet ou la bibliotheque de grands. contenant, des remarques & recherches sur tous les etats souverains, & plusieurs memoires de ce tems bien particuliers & tres crurieux. Histoire, chronologie, topographie, hydrographie, politique, armes, devises, merveilles, & autre chose nobles, 2 vols, Paris: Pohier, 1689, 352 pp.
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T., L’Abbé de [CRASSET, Jean], Histoire de l’Eglise du Japon, 2 vols, Paris: Michallet, 1689, 1,393 pp.
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The page extent is based on the 1715 edition. Both the 1689 and 1715 editions are in the BL. The edition available online is from 1715 and both tomes are printed in Paris by François Montalant.
Tome 1, 698pp Tome 2, 694pp. Whilst this book is about Japan, Goa, in particular, is mentioned frequently throughout the text, commencing from 58p, usually in the context of l’Eveque de Goa and as a port of embarquation. Cochin is mentioned 3 times.
The second tome, like tome 1, is mainly about the church in Japan, however Goa, in particular is again mentioned extensively throughout the text in the context of a transfer port for the voyage to Japan as well as its theological importance in the Eastern Catholic church – “Il étudia en Theologie à Goa” 467p etc.
THEVENOT, Jean de, Voyages de Mr de Thévenot tant en Europe qu’en Asie & en Afrique. 5 vols, Paris: Angot, 1689.
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There are a number of edtions of this book from 1689 and 1727. The 1689 edition is printed in 3 parts with 5 volumes.
Premiere Partie, 401pp, livres 1 and 2. This is his voyage to Sicily, Malta, Turkey, Egypt and the Middle East.
Seconde Partie, 785pp, livres 3 and 4. This book is the travels in Persia and what is now Iraq. He departed from Bassora by ship via Ormus to Indes and Sourat, livre quatrieme, 593p onwards.
Troisieme Partie – This part has a different title from the first 2 parts and is divided into livres 1 and 2.
This book continues the journey from the previous part, with the author spending 2 months traveling on a ship from Bassora to Sourat and arrived there in January 1666. The whole book discusses Inde and includes Sourat, Malabar, Deccan, Agra, Goa, the Indian Provinces, Golconde plus many other places. After his tour he departed from Sourat in February 1667 to Bender-Abassi in Persia and then onto Chyras (Shiraz?) where he injured his thigh with his pistol. He left Chyras on 25 october 1667, but became ill and died some time after the 16 November.
N.B. The 1727 3rd edition is printed in 5 separate parts with part 5 being the book about Inde (part 3 of 1689 edition). There is also an English translation of the final part dated 1687.
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